"Olga Kern [is] an absolute whiz at the piano." —The New York Times
"This immensely talented artist turned in a performance that was dignified, controlled and almost majestic..." —The Washington Post
Location: The Broad Stage - Main Stage
Russian-American pianist Olga Kern is recognized as one of her generation’s great artists. For her Broad Stage recital debut, she performs a thrilling program highlighted by Beethoven’s monumental Waldstein sonata and Balakirev’s technically astounding Islamey.
Olga Kern jumpstarted her U.S. career with her historic Gold Medal win at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas as the first woman to do so in more than 30 years. Her discography includes her GRAMMY®-nominated recording of Rachmaninoff’s Corelli Variations and other transcriptions (2004), Brahms Variations (2007) and Chopin Piano Sonatas No. 2 and 3 (2010). She was featured in the award-winning documentary about the 2001 Cliburn Competition, Playing on the Edge.
First-prize winner of the Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition at seventeen, Ms. Kern is a laureate of many international competitions. In 2016, she served as Jury Chairman of both the Seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition and the first Olga Kern International Piano Competition, where she also holds the title of Artistic Director. In addition to opening the Baltimore Symphony’s 2015/16 centennial season with Marin Alsop, Ms. Kern has appeared with the Royal Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, Rochester Philharmonic, Orchestre National De Lyon and the San Antonio, Detroit, Nashville, Madison, New Mexico, Austin and NHK Symphonies. She has toured South Africa with the Cape and KwaZulu Natal Philharmonics and Israel with the Israel Symphony. As an avid recitalist, she has appeared in solo and collaborative recitals at Carnegie Hall, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Symphony Hall in Osaka, Salzburger Festspielhaus, La Scala in Milan, Tonhalle in Zurich, Chatelet in Paris, Van Wezel Hall in Sarasota, 92nd Street Y, Meany Hall in Seattle and the University of Kansas’ Lied Center.